This article features Christopher Kent, a futurist who uses his skills to study the future. Kent examines the present for clues to changes that the future may bring. His training in history serves him well. Futurists specialize in recognizing upcoming uncertainty and attempting to manage it. They realize that unknown--and unknowable--changes will shape the future. By identifying a range of possible changes, these workers develop alternate visions of the future. There are different types of futurists, and each type has different methods, motives and objectives. Some futurists' work is primarily academic and focuses on social criticism. Others, like Christopher, are professional futurists: They help paying clients--either organizations or individuals--anticipate change and make plans and adjustments accordingly. Kent recommends the occupation for those who like research and variety.